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Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the public safety building along with Westfield State University President Elizabeth H. Preston and other local and state officials. The 54,000-square-foot science center …

Guard colleagues at Barnes recall ‘Moose’ Fontenot as natural leader

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WESTFIELD — Just seven months into his tenure at the Barnes Air National Guard Base, Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot Jr. already made an impact on those around him by inviting members of the fighter squadron to his Longmeadow home one at a time, starting with the juniormost members. There, Fontenot could make …

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield on Friday identified Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. as the …

Southampton motorcyclist Edward Nied Jr. succumbs to injuries after collision with bear

Friday, November 8, 2013

WESTFIELD — A Southampton motorcyclist who succumbed to his injuries after colliding with a bear Wednesday morning is remembered as a conservationist, photographer and friend. Edward Nied Jr., 63, of Dugan Lane, died Thursday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield from injuries he suffered in the Wednesday morning …

Defiant Dobelle resigns amid Westfield State University spending probe

Friday, November 8, 2013

WESTFIELD — Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle announced Friday afternoon he is retiring from his post effective immediately. In a letter addressed to university trustees, Dobelle wrote, “It is with a tremendous sense of accomplishment that, … 2

Donald Humason defeats David Bartley for 2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate seat

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WESTFIELD — A one-time chief of staff to former state Sen. Michael Knapik was elected Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by his old boss. Republican state Rep. Donald F. Humason, 46, defeated David K. Bartley, 48, for …

David Bartley, Donald Humason compete in special state Senate election

Friday, November 1, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — When former state Sen. Michael R. Knapik stepped down in August to take a position at Westfield State University, it triggered a special election to decide his successor. Democrat David K. Bartley and Republican Donald F. …

Repaving starts for Brookside Cemetery roads in Easthampton

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Parks and Recreation Director John Mason said his department has received complaints about the roads in Brookside Cemetery for years. “There are potholes, huge potholes,” he said of the roads in the cemetery between Nashawannuck Pond and Williston Avenue. Mason said the Department of Public Works …

Easthampton mayoral candidate Nancy Sykes raises most money, but outspent by Karen Cadieux

Monday, October 28, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Nancy L. Sykes has emerged as the top money raiser in the campaign for Easthampton’s second mayor, bringing in $1,194 more than her closest rival, Karen L. Cadieux. That’s according to campaign finance reports the candidates …

Family Wanted 9-year-old boy seeks home

Friday, October 25, 2013

Xavier is a resilient and bright 9-year-old Caucasian who says he wants to join the Army and protect the world. He is described as energetic and has a wide range of interests including sports, art, video games and …

Suspended Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle sues trustees, state’s higher education chief

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just as his legal and public relations team threatened he would, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle filed a federal civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court Thursday in Springfield against the university’s trustees, the state’s higher education …

State releases two grants to Westfield State University

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD — The acting president of Westfield State University announced Wednesday the state has released $195,444 in previously frozen funding for the school. The grant money had been frozen by state Higher Education Commissioner Richard M. Freeland after embattled university president Evan S. Dobelle failed to submit an …

Westfield State names VP Elizabeth Preston interim president; Pres. Dobelle expected to file lawsuit 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University named an interim leader on Thursday, hours after the school’s trustees voted to suspend President Evan S. Dobelle amid criticism that he charged personal expenses on school credit cards and spent lavishly on …